• Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
    Houston, TX
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Harry Elmo Bovay Jr. 1914 - 2011
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Uncle Harry...Wish I could have spent more time with you. Momma was so very proud of you. She talked of you all the time. As a child, I remember telling Momma, you were my "favorite Uncle". I am comforted by te fact that you, Aunt Jeanne, George, and your parents are all together now in the most perfect place...loving and enjoying being together again. God Bless you and the souls of all the departed
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Mr. Bovay was very generous to the students at Houlka Attendance Center. He was a wonderful man who truly cared about others and strongly believed in giving back to others. He will be greatly missed.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
As Mr. Bovay’s caretaker for the past 8 years, I was extremely privileged to have cared for someone who was so smart, caring and generous. I remember going to school, then coming in to assist Mr. Bovay, and realizing I had just stepped into another classroom. He taught me that life should be lived to its fullest. He told me his life experiences and struggles. He told me he felt strongly about getting an education, and of course always pushed me to get my degree. He once shared with me his story on what it took for him to literally pursue his education. He had inquired as a young boy, with all of his father’s friends as to which was the school to go. “ I remember hitchhiking myself from Tennessee all the way to Cornell University with only so many cents and many sleepless nights. We could do that back then. I don’t recommend you hitchhiking now.” He told me with a smile. It was inspiring and an honor to have been a part of Mr. Bovay’s life for so many years, and to have been with him until the end. He will be greatly missed not only for the footprint he left here on this Earth but for his sense or humor and countless jokes.
May You Rest in Peace Sir,

With Love, Adoration and True Respect for a Great Human Being,

Margarita Posadas
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Bovay Family on your loss. I first met Mr. Bovay while employed as an analyst with the Aetna Life & Casualty back in the 1970's. When the Aetna closed the doors to the casualty division nationwide, Mr. Bovay hired me when Bovay Engineers was located near the Warwick Hotel. He was a good friend and boss. I had the pleasure of seeing him about a year and a half ago over in the medical center and he actually knew who I was. As we talked while getting off the elevator he even called my name and comment he always wondered what happened to me and had no idea that I was still living in the area. It was a pleasure to see him after so many years. I consider this a great loss as was the passing of my Mother in October, 2010. He has left a great legacy. I told him and apologized also for not staying in touch over the years and he understood. He had touched so many lives in such a positive way with the greatest of integrity. Even though he will be missed by you, his family, he has left so much for you in this life. Enjoy it and cherish hisi wonderful memories. You are in my prayers. Take care and may the love of Jesus Christ embrace you. Grace and Peace to you. Lillie Neblett Jefferson
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I worked for Bovay Engineers for several years and found Mr. Bovay to be a very kind and friendly man. I know he will be missed by many. My heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Heaven gets the Sam Houston Area Council's best Scout. At every function we loved to play the 'Last Scout Standing' for years of service, because we all knew who would be the last to sit. Looking in his direction, we each thought "There's how high the bar sets."
Friday, May 27, 2011
Mr. Bovay lived the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law everyday of his life, always thinking of others before himself. He will be missed by all who were blessed to count him as a friend.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Mr. Bovay you will be GREATLY missed. I have many memories with you that I will cherish forever.

As the darkness of night approaches, there is sadness in the air. The life of the one you loved will be no longer there. Though emptiness surronds you, alas, he's finally free. He may have lost the battle, but his soul is there with thee.... It's hard to lose a loved one and we may not understand, put you trust in God the Father and he'll lead you by the hand. He'll lead you through the heartache and dry each tear you cry, for God knows the pain of death, when he saw his own Son die. Just as he loved his Son, he loves you just the same. Sometimes it takes a heartache to magnify his name
Friday, May 27, 2011
It was my privilege to have known and cared for Mr Bovay the past 25 years. I will never forget the numerous hunting trips we shared together, several in which he included my son. He was an example of an individual with the highest integrity, generosity, love of God and his fellow man. Thanks Harry for your friendship, I am a better person for having known you!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Harry Bovay served TSPE and NSPE as President during the earlier days of the organizations, at a time when the societies, as well as our profession, was evolving and meeting many challenges. For those of us who held the office in recent years, there is much that Harry did that remained as guidance for us. Harry Bovay will be missed, but not forgotten.
Friday, May 27, 2011
I remember many visits with the Bovay family. Our parents, Midge and Ben Hill, would play bridge together, while Susan, (sometimes Mark), Sandy, and I would play in another part of the house/yard. He will be missed by everyone he knew.
Friday, May 27, 2011
No one lived and believed in the Scout Oath and Law more than Harry Bovay. His leadership, vision and generosity built a rock foundation that made the program of Scouting in the Houston area the best in America. His vision provided the marvelous Bovay Scout Ranch for todays Scouts and his benevolent generosity has provided for future generations of Scouts to enjoy its adventure. It was one of my greatest pleasures to work and hunt with Harry over the past 31 years. He was a great friend and mentor. I will miss him greatly but I know he will be that Great Scoutmaster above watching over us and expecting us to carry on his high standards and traditions. He did his duty to God and Country and helped other people at all times. His legacy will lead thousands of future Scouts to a great life. A Scout Salute for a job well done.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Mr. Bovay you are going to be missed greatly; from the very first day we meet; my family and I looked up to you as a friend with a heart as big as Texas!, as a proffessional, and most important a father figure. Words a lone can't express your kindness.
You once shared with me " Life is made of memorable moments. We must teach ourselves to really live.. to love the journey not the destination". Mr. Bovay to see Jesus will be heaven's greatest joy.
Love you forever, your care provider of many years.
Ellie Solis and family
Friday, May 27, 2011
Harry became a member of the Goldston clan when he married by my Aunt Sue. My father, James M. Goldston, an engineer, truely appreciated the love he had and expressed for Aunt Sue. He also looked forward to getting together with Harry to talk shop, to hunt, or just enjoy life. I found my connection with him because of our love for what Scouting should be and out efforts to support Scouting. With the passing of my father in December, i have been thinking of Harry quite a bit. My son, as Cadet Major of the Corps of Cadets Color Guard, enjoyed the privilage of escorting Harry at the Sam Houston Councils celebration honoring Harry for his dedication to Scouting. We had hoped to visit him this summer and will miss him.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Summer Camp this year will have a special angel watching over us. Thank you for all you have done for the boys to encourage them to follow the way of scouting and become leaders of men. You will truly be missed.
Friday, May 27, 2011
It was my pleasure to meet with Mr. Bovay several years ago. We, at Cornell University, have benefited from his donations in support of Civil Engineering education and research through the Harry E. Bovay Jr. Laboratory Complex and in support of the teaching of Engineering Ethics through the Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Jr. Program in History and Engineering ethics. Thanks to him, our students receive a better education and can become involved in important research.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mr. Bovay opened his doors to us a couple of years ago when my husband, Jerry, was battling cancer and making numerous trips to Houston. Never have I met anyone with such compassion for someone whom he had never met. You will be missed. Enjoy your new home with our Lord!!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Having had the priveledge of working with Harry Professionally and enjoying his company socially, I learned to love the man.
Tex Kidwell, PE, NHPE, El Paso, Texas
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I owe so much to Mr. Bovay, who funded the Professorship in Engineering Ethics at Texas A&M University, which I now occupy. I considered him a friend as well as a benefactor. He was always so wonderfully supportive of the efforts in engineering ethics at Texas A&M, attending the Bovay Lecture each semester and meeting students in the class. He will be sadly missed and long remembered.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Meeting Harry Bovay at a TSPE meeting was one of the great highlights and fondest memories of my year as President of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Harry has had a profound and lasting impact on our profession. Harry will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mr. Bovay,
You are a beacon to all of us in your profession. You have left a perfect trail with your signature all over it. May you rest in peace with the greatest one of all.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
One of the most honorable, generous and hard-working persons I've ever had the privilege to know. A spirit that will continue on, driving all those he came in contact with to strive for excellence in all aspects of life. Thank you, Harry.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
In the short time I have known Mr. Bovay, it was always a pleasure to listen to his stories of life and especially his golf jokes!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Thank you, Mr. Bovay, for your invaluable contributions to the Sam Houston Council and to Boy Scouts. May you rest in peace.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mr. Bovey is an inspiration to so many Scouters and loved the Sam Houston Area Council, BSA.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
A wonderful friend. You will be missed. Linda Miller Guntown, MS Mid South Telephone
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mr. Bovay epitomized good business ethics. He will be remembered as a generous, forward-thinking soul, seeking opportunities to invest in youth, and forever growing.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mr. Bovay you will be missed dearly. It was a pleasure being one of your nurses. Hope to hear your jokes when I make it to Heaven.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Awww, I will miss him forever. I am, however, so thankful that he is relieved of his suffering. He lived his life well.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Bon voyage to a very generous patron of Boy Scouts who lived the Scout Slogan "Do a Good Turn Daily."
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